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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Dhesi to call the shots in CMO

Chandigarh, October 28

Retired bureaucrat DS Dhesi, recently appointed as Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, will be the 'super boss' in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO). Besides being overall in charge of the CMO, he will look after at least 12 important departments in the CMO.

In the re-allocation of departments in the CMO on Wednesday, Dhesi was given matters concerning legislative business, parliamentary affairs, law and legislative, citizen resource information, excise and taxation, irrigation, general administration, personnel, administrative reforms, hospitality and electronics and information technology.

Other important departments such as home, criminal investigation, administration of justice, vigilance, jails, town and country planning and urban estates, urban local bodies, foreign cooperation and industries would also be under his charge.

The new Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (PSCM), V Umashankar, would have 10 departments — finance and planning, agriculture, labour and employment, renewal energy, revenue, science and technology, power, cooperation, transport and mines and geology. Previous PSCM Rajesh Khullar earlier called the shots in the CMO, a role which had now been given to Dhesi.

Yogender Chaudhary, Adviser, resource mobilisation, CMO, was allocated the departments of art and cultural affairs, social justice and empowerment, tourism, welfare of SCs and BCs, resource mobilisation, animal husbandry and dairy development and industrial training and vocational education. He was also given charge as project director of the drug-free Haryana mission.

One of the two Deputy Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister (DPSCM), Ashima Brar, would look after architecture, archaeology and museums, archives, elections, environment, food and supplies, housing, fisheries, public health engineering, printing and stationery, sports and youth affairs, women and child development and PWD.

The other DPSCM, Amit Agarwal, was given charge of AYUSH, health, medical education and research, higher education, school education, technical education, development and panchayats and forests and wildlife.

An HCS officer, Satish Kumar, would look after CM announcements, CM relief fund, HRDF and wakf affairs. Principal Officer on Special Duty Neeraj Daftaur was allocated public relations while Officer on Special Duty Bhupeshwar Dayal would deal with grievances. — TNS

from The Tribune

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